My Favorite Nigerian Fashion Designers + Brands: Pt.2

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I am finally back with part two of this series! Nigeria is home to one of the fastest growing fashion industries in the world. I love supporting Nigerian brands and designers. Whenever I can get my hands on a Nigerian-made product, I don’t hesitate to buy it. Today, I bring you four amazing designers and like most things, I found these brands through Instagram. Each brand stood out to me because of their unique and modern take on classic pieces and silhouettes. Scroll down and let me know what you think?







Outfit modeled by Blogger, Angola Fagbemi of The Bejeweled Bud ^

Desiree Iyama
I am in love with Desiree Iyama’s use of minimalism in her designs. Classic tailoring with a modern twist.

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BFYNE 
Swimwear
From their look books to their use of print, I am in love with this brand. A refreshing take on african prints in swimwear.

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Maki Oh
Maki Oh is a brand that makes unconventional patterns and tailoring work for everyday wear. I love the geometric lines and their playfulness with odd fabrics and textures.

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ANDREA IYAMAH
I am in awe of Andrea Iyamah’s new collection. The structure of each piece and the attention to detail is impeccable. I am also loving her use of ruffles and flares in contrast to the firm structure of her tailoring.  

Spring Break Travel Diary - Carnival Cruise (Miami → Key West → Cozumel, Mexico)

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I have never been to so many places in such a short amount of time. My spring break started with me flying from Indianapolis to Detroit. Then from Detroit to Miami, where my cruise was leaving from. Before leaving Indianapolis my friends’ flights were canceled and they had to call to get on the next available flight. I would be lying if I said I didn’t make me nervous. But they got everything sorted and we made it to Miami! I’m glad we were able to check in for our cruise at the airport before we got to the cruise port because that cut back on time. Although, my friend, Michelle’s flight was delayed and she could not check in at the airport. Once, she arrived we quickly requested a Lyft and rushed to the cruise port. We barely made it. But she checked in and we boarded the ship. 

After we found our room and got settled, we explored the ship. This was my first time on a cruise ship and I loved it! The food was amazing and the service was remarkable. Everyone was very friendly. Our first stop was Key West, Florida. We spent our first evening on the ship balcony watching the waves. My friends randomly started singing gospel songs, while I secretly recorded them. Eventually, I caved and joined them in their impromptu praise and worship session. Then we turned in to get ready for a busy day in Key West!


📍Key West, Florida
Key West surprised me. In my opinion, a lot of places in the U.S. are very similar. The big cities, I’ve visited all have common traits. Same goes for the suburbs.  Nothing really stands out but Key West did. Even though we stayed close the cruise port, which means we were near the touristy spots it was still amazing. I loved all the colorful buildings. The colors varied from blue to pink to orange, it all seemed to work well together. I love being prepared when visiting somewhere new and even with all the research I did, I was glad to discover Key West in a way no book or website could have prepared me for. One tip, I’m glad I followed from all my research was to rent a bike. We covered a lot more ground by biking. We only had about 4 hours in Key West and exploring by foot would have slowed us down. We paid $13 plus tax to rent our bikes for 1-12 hours. Even though, we did not need our bikes for the full 12 hours it was still a great deal. 
24.5551° N, 81.7800° W

   *Travel Tip*   

When in Key West rent bikes for the day. It’s cheap, less tiring than walking and gives you more time to explore. 




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📍Cozumel, Mexico
The main thing I hated about going on a cruise was the limited time we had to explore the port destinations. Mexico is one country I have always wanted to visit. Ideally, I want to visit the major cities and towns not only the “stereotypical tourist destinations”. Cozumel is one of those “stereotypical tourist destinations”. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Cozumel. The rich blue waters, the smell of sea salt in the air and the amazing weather. When I dreamed of visiting Mexico for the first time, I hoped I would go with my bestie, Andrea. She is from Mexico City. We would visit spots only locals know about then maybe hit up the tourist spots. On this trip, I got to see a glimpse of Mexico’s tourism and it was incredible. We had more time to spend in Cozumel compared to Key West. We booked an excursion through Carnival (which I do not recommend).  Our excursion was a boat ride that had an open bar. We got to go snorkeling and we had access to a private beach with water games. I felt it was too short especially for the $75 we paid. I enjoyed the excursion but I couldn't stop thinking of the money we paid. Also, when we got back to the ship, we spoke to other vacationers and some of them bought their excursions from local tourist services for much cheaper prices. They said it was not the same quality as going through the cruise services but it was easier on their pockets. 

After snorkeling, we sailed to the private beach. My friends came up with a dance routine, which we did on the beach. We recorded it and it turned out pretty good. Maybe I’ll share it on here later on. The private beach was gorgeous. We spend half of our time taking pictures. Which tells you how beautiful it was. After our excursion, we were dropped off near the cruise port. We had dinner and watched the sunset. Then we spent the rest the evening buying souvenirs.

20.4230° N, 86.9223° W

   *Travel Tip*   

When booking a cruise excursion do your research and avoid booking your activities through the cruise. There may be excursions through other companies for a cheaper price. To avoid getting scammed and for a safer option, you can book your excursion through the cruise. Although, if you are willing to take a risk to save some money, try local tourist services. 


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📍Miami, Florida 
Before arriving in Miami, we had a day at sea. Which was on the cruise ship and very laid-back . We ate, danced and chilled by the pool. We got to Miami in the morning. When we were getting off they scanned our cruise cards and I was pulled aside and taken immigration and customs office. I was very scared because I was the only one from my group taken there. I was told to sit down then they took my passport. Then the security officer explained that my passport was reported stolen/lost. Then I remembered, I reported my passport stolen/lost, the end of last year. But it was found by Atlanta Airport's lost and found services. After, I got that sorted I was released but they could not give my passport back. I was told I have to apply for a new one. That was a scary experience but I’m glad it all worked out. Once, I left customs I met up with my friends outside, explained what happened then we got an Uber. We had some time to kill before our flight. We dropped our luggage at a mutual friend's hotel before we went to the beach.  What better way to wait for your flight than lying on the beach? 

25.7617° N, 80.1918° W


Flared Sleeves & Frayed Jeans

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I know, I know! You are probably thinking, “I thought she said she is going to start wearing more color?” Well… I did say that in my pervious post. But, guys! Change takes time. I honestly want to wear more color but denim and black is so easy to style. Even though, today’s outfit is a “typical Feyi” look, I am trying something different with the flared sleeves. I was sent this top from Dresslily and I was honestly surprised by the quality of the fabric. Normally with wholesale fashion website, the pieces are either a hit or miss. The sizing and the fabric quality for this top is great! I paired it with my frayed jeans, I cut and distressed myself. Flared sleeves are going to be huge this spring. I am not really one for a dramatic sleeve but I love who simple this top is. The simple v-neck, minimal flared sleeves and how the length stops around my hips. 

Okay, I’m trying to keep this post short because I am about to leave for Spring Break. I mentioned before that my friends and I are going on a cruise! So, I will not be posting on here for a while. Follow my Instagram for updates. I can’t wait! 


Top - Dreslily (here) | Jacket - Old Navy | Jeans - H&M (similar here) | Shoes - Primark (similar here

Switching Up My Style This Spring

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I don't know why but when it comes to my style, I am intimidated by color. There is something empowering and sophisticated about an all black outfit. I am all for black, white and gray looks but I think it is time I switch things up. From my pervious outfit post, you can see I am slowly but surely branching out this season and adding more color to my wardrobe. I've learned the best way to wear bold colors is to pair them with neutrals. For this look, I paired this gorgeous red crochet top with a cream coat and blue denim. I find cream tones are great for replacing my black and white pieces. I was aiming for a look with no black pieces but as you can see with my shoes and sunglasses that did not happen. What can I say? I really love my black , white and gray pieces. 

Coat - Dresslink (similar here) | Top - Romwe c/o (here) | Jeans - Old Navy | Shoes - Target (similar here) | Watch - JORD Watches  c/o (here)


Can we talk about this watch?! I have had my eye on wooden watches for the longest time and I blame Instagram and the blogosphere for that. There is something very unique about these watches. I love the idea of using unconventional materials to make everyday pieces. When the lovely people at JORD Watches reached out to me, I did not hesitate to try out one of their pieces. I have to say, I am a fan! I am honestly thinking of building a collection and going for a darker wood like walnut or ebony in the future. This time, I went for a lighter wood and I love how the maple works perfectly with my cream coat. It is the perfect neutral for spring. There are various designs with all types of wood. You can shop for both men and women. What really got my attention was the packaging my watch came it. You can tell a lot of work and attention to detail went into making these pieces.


JORD Wood Watches Giveaway
I am glad to share this giveaway with you all. You have a chance to win a $100 code to use on the JORD website! Enter the giveaway here and stand a chance to own one of these timeless pieces. When I find something I love I want to share it with you all. But it is even better, if you get a chance to experience what I am sharing for yourself. The giveaway will close 04/09/2017 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on 06/30/2017. So, enter today!


In Collaboration with JORD Watches (Luxury Wooden Watches) & Romwe 
Luxury Wooden Watch

My Top 3 Spring Break Destinations + Wish List

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Spring Break is around the corner and for the first time in a long time, I have a trip planned. I am going on a cruise! Last year, I did not go anywhere special for Spring Break and I regret wasting 10 perfectly good days doing nothing. This year, I am going with 3 of my college friends and it’s our last year of college *cue sad violin music*. This may be the last time, we will all be together. So, we decided to plan a senior girls trip. During Christmas Break, after countless calls and texting we finally booked our cruise. The cruise leaves from Miami then we head to Key West, Florida then Cozumel, Mexico. I am beyond excited! Below, you will find 3 of my top Spring Break destinations. There are a lot more but I decided to narrow it down. Since, I live in the U.S. and Spring Breaks tend to be less than 10 days, I picked areas that are not too far away. What are your dream Spring Break destinations?
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Miami, Florida, USA

Nassau, Bahamas




Image 1 - Marveling Mind | Images 2,3,4 via  Google | Edited By Marveling Mind | In Collaboration with Shein

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